Monthly Archives: April 2019

Thoughts On Joe Biden’s Run For the 2020 Presidential Election

For months, former Vice President Joe Biden was on the top of the leader board as the Democrat who had the best chance to defeat you know who come next fall. But he had yet to confirm or deny that he was running for President. Today, he confirmed that he is running for President.

I have to be honest. I have mixed feelings about this announcement.

One could argue that among the Democratic candidates, he is politically one of the most qualified to run the country. He has been in government for nearly fifty years, eight of those  years were as Vice President under Barack Obama. As a liberal Democrat, Biden checks off many of the boxes that liberal/Democratic voters look for in a Presidential nominee.

But still, there a few things that bother me.

His actions during the Anita Hill hearing don’t sit well with me. Granted, it was decades ago, the hope is that he has changed and learned from his mistakes. But it still bothers me that instead of giving this woman a chance to tell her story, she was treated like dirt.

The accusations of being too touchy with certain women. Granted, he did not go as far as Harvey Weinstein or Matt Lauer, but the fact that did not recognize the boundaries of personal space by these women sends alarm bells off in my head.

Do we really want another old White man serving the highest office in the land? It’s 2019, it’s time to give a woman or a person of color the opportunity to run this country. My fear is that many voters will default to Biden because he is the standard political leader instead of giving another candidate a shot at becoming President.

It’s only April, we won’t know for at least a year as to whom will win the nomination. But whoever they are, they had better be in for a fight, because you know who never backs down from a fight.

 

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Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt Book Review

Disagreeing with another person is a normal part of life. The problem becomes with the disagreement creates a gulf that divides us and makes us see the other person as different or other.

In his new book, Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt, Arthur C. Brooks wants to remind  his readers that in spite of the ideas that divide us, there is still a way to for us to come together. We can still disagree on any number of issues, but we have to find a way to live and work together. It is possible, Mr. Brooks argues, but it takes effort, especially when it is easier to rely on baseless accusations and schoolyard-esque name calling.

One of my favorite examples in this book was a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement and a man who supports you know who. Politically and ideologically, these men couldn’t be more different. But yet they were able to find common ground to agree on something. This is the point of the book. Mr. Brooks understands that there are many in this country who are very far apart when it comes certain ideas or subjects. That’s fine but, we must make an attempt to find something to agree upon.

I recommend it.

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Please Vaccinate Your Kids, If Only for Their Sake

In our modern world we sometimes think that certain communicable diseases and dying from such diseases are a thing of the past.

What we think and what the truth is can be very different things.

The measles is spreading across the country like wildfire. As of last week, more than 600 people across 22 states have been diagnosed with measles.

I’m not a medical professional, nor am I a parent, but logic tells me that the anti-vaxxers need to get their heads out their proverbial behinds. Vaccinations save lives, especially the lives of young children who are too young to get the vaccine.

Please, if you have not vaccinated your children, please do so. If not for your sake, do it for their sake. If not for their sake, for the sake of their friends and classmates. If not for the sake of your children’s friends and classmates, do it for your community.

Good parenting requires one to put one’s child’s needs before your needs. That includes their health and the necessary vaccines that could save lives.

 

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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018: A Practical Manual For Job-Hunters And Career-Changers Book Review

Job searching is hard, period. But Richard N. Bolles is trying to make that search just a little easier.

Last year’s edition, entitled, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018: A Practical Manual For Job-Hunters And Career-Changers, is a practical and reliable guide for the job hunter. In the book, Mr. Bolles talks about everything from resumes to cover letters to figuring out your ideal job and helping those who are changing their careers midway through adulthood.

I initially read this book in 2014, when I needed comfort during the job hunting process. I re-read the book because I will be out of work as of one week from today and I needed that same comfort. In the last four years, the book has not changed (with the exception of references that were not available 5 years ago).  What I really appreciated about this book is that it both challenges the reader and provides support during a difficult time in their professional and personal lives.

I recommend it.

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Thoughts On the 25th Anniversary of Beauty and the Beast on Broadway.

You never forget that first Broadway show that leaves a mark on you.

For me, that show is the stage adaptation of the 1991 animated Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast.

Stepping (both literally and physically) into titular roles of Beauty and the Beast were Susan Egan and Terrence Mann.  Last week, the show celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The production value was faultless. It was amazing how one stage could be transformed from an ordinary village to a mysterious castle in a matter of moments. The costumes were stunning and the cast were absolutely marvelous. Both Egan and Mann brought their characters to life in a way that felt like an ordinary couple falling in love, not a cursed prince and a bookish woman who are brought together by fate in a world that can only be defined as surreal.

I can’t believe it’s been 25 years. I’ve seen quite a few Broadway shows over the years, but a piece of my heart will always belong to the tale as old as time.

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Thoughts On The Attack in Sri Lanka

I don’t know about anyone else, but it seems like terrorist attacks are unfortunately just another blip on the news cycle.

Across Sri Lanka, bombs went off in Churches and hotels that are known to be frequented by foreign visitors. As of this post, 207 people are dead.

The fact that today is Easter Sunday points to someone who wanted to send a very specific message.

My heart breaks for those who were killed. We should all have the ability to live a long, happy live. Unfortunately, some people are of the mind that unless we all agree to live by their rules, those of us who live differently have a mark on our backs.

May the memory of those killed be a blessing and may the justice system in Sri Lanka prosecute those involved in the attacks to the fullest extent of the law.

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In the Wake of the Release of the Mueller Report, Should The President Be Impeached?

The Mueller Report was released last week. As was expected, the response to the report depended on where one lands on the political aisle. Though the report did not state that you know who is implicitly guilty, there is clearly a case of crossing the moral and ethical line to win the 2016 election.

The question that I think needs to be asked, is if you know who should be impeached or if we should let the American people vote him out of the office next fall?

If I am to be completely honest, I have to admit that I am not sure what the best response from Congress should be?

If he is impeached, this means that Mike Pence is President. If you know who is wrong for President, Mike Pence is worse from my perspective. Impeachment would also prove that the conspiracy theories are correct and that the Democrats are out to get him.

However, if he is not impeached, that means that you know who could be re-elected next year.

I wish that there was an easy answer, but there is not. The only thing we can do is wait and let the chips fall where they may.

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Thoughts On the New Disturbed Song “A Reason To Fight”

Mental health disorders have a way of isolating those who suffer. Logically, they know that they have a solid support system of family, friends and partners/spouses. But mental illness and depression specifically says otherwise. It makes that person feel alone, that everyone around them is lying. The only thing that is honest is their depression.

Recently, the rock band Disturbed released their latest song and accompanying video, “A Time To Fight“.

The thing that strikes me about this song and the video is that it negates the idea that those who suffer from depression and other mental illnesses suffer are alone. There are millions of us who wake up everyday with this weight on our emotional shoulders.

Knowing that we are not alone, that there are many out there who suffer from this disease is important not just for those who live with mental illness, but for those who love them. That knowledge, from my perspective, is the most important aspect of not just treatment, but living a full life.

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The Mueller Report — By Hook Or By Book

I was up until about 1:00 in the morning reading the report and now have a migraine, so this is going to be a fairly brief post. I just want to share a few thoughts. 1. The 148 page report is split into two volumes. The first deals with conspiracy/collusion, the second, obstruction of justice. […]

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April 19, 2019 · 4:48 pm

Flashback Friday-Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style (2007-2008)

These days, there is a slew of makeover shows on television.

In 2007, Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn became the star of his own reality show, Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style (2007-2008). Co-hosted by Veronica Webb in the first season and Gretta Monahan in the second season, the subject of each episode goes through the standard head to toe reality show makeover. As long as each participant follows Gunn’s rules for fashion, they are allowed to express themselves via the clothes they choose to wear.

There is a reason why this program lasted only two seasons. Though Gunn is well respected in the fashion industry, the show was just a little too cookie cutter to survive in the cutthroat world of reality television.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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